With "Eating Cake", Stella Duffy has provided a brilliantly cynical view of modern day relationships. The book follows the life of Lisa, a successful business woman who seems to have the perfect life ... husband, friends and work. But somehow this isn't enough, and she searches for more, with devestating consequences.
The beauty of any Stella Duffy novel (and in particular this book and "Singling out the couples") is that she somehow creates characters for whom sympathy and dislike can easily co-exsist. Lisa is selfish, yes ... but the desires that she has are similar to those that many of us feel at various stages in our life ... is she strong or weak for acting upon them? Couple this with an impressive use of language that can make a single sentence work on many levels, and you have a fair view of what the novel accoplishes.
I would strongly recommend that anyone with a single cynical bone in their body read this book ... and then, if they have not already done so, check out "Singling out the couples". I look forward to the next Duffy novel in this vein.